October 23, 1989 |
The city's famed collection of municipally owned public artworks--ranging from 19th-Century monuments to cutting-edge sculpture and painting--largely escaped serious damage in last week's earthquake, city arts officials say.
February 17, 1989
The Duquette Pavilion of St. Francis was badly damaged in a five-alarm fire that burned out of control for more than two hours, San Francisco fire officials said. The art collection suffered extensive damage in the blaze, said Fire Chief Fred Postel. The adjacent old Peoples Temple, operated during the 70s by the Rev. Jim Jones, suffered extensive water damage but was not burned in the blaze.
October 23, 1989 |
At precisely 8:33 Friday night, visiting conductor Gunther Herbig took the podium at Davies Symphony Hall here, raising his baton to begin Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G minor before what would ordinarily have been a disappointing crowd. Bunches of empty seats dotted the orchestra and balconies. Only about three quarters of the hall was filled. And for those people who did attend, the strictly musical result was unspectacular.
October 21, 1989 |
As the director of the Asian Art Museum took a measure of damage to the Bay Area's art treasures Friday, he sighed at the destruction. "It's so tragic, so devastating," Rand Castile said. From the front steps of the Asian Art Museum in Golden Gate Park, he nodded at San Francisco's beloved band shell, scarred with deep cracks and crumbling pillars. "Look at our poor friend there. It took the quake pretty hard." Inside the museum, damage was far worse, and art experts scrambled to assess losses.
March 31, 1996 |
Admirers of the legendary goldsmith and jeweler, Peter Carl Faberge, will get a chance to see more than 400 objets d'art on a four-day escorted tour that begins June 7 in San Francisco. The exhibit showcases an array of Faberge works from noted American collectors, including 16 of the famed imperial Easter eggs commissioned by the last Russian czars.
January 8, 1996 |
The American Conservatory Theater has been homeless since 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake severely damaged its Beaux Arts Geary Theater. Oh, there have been plenty of temporary lodgings: The curtain rose at the barn-like Orpheum Theatre, for instance, and Hamlet played the Marina District, at the hard-to-find Palace of the Fine Arts.